Taiwan Now Has A Giant, Shiny, Shoe-Shaped Church

Jan 16, 2016

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By Laura Wagner

Imagine Cinderella’s glass slipper scaled to about 100 times its original size and dropped on the coast of Taiwan.

That’s the new church in Ocean View Park in Budai township.

Looking like it was plucked from a distorted fairy tale, the glittering, shoe-shaped building is made up of about 320 tinted glass panels and stands 55 feet tall by 36 feet wide. It was reportedly constructed by the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area in an effort to attract female worshippers and tourists to the site.


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12 comments on “Taiwan Now Has A Giant, Shiny, Shoe-Shaped Church

  • @OP – Taiwan Now Has A Giant, Shiny, Shoe-Shaped Church

    But surely this was foretold by the prophets!

    http://www.montypython.net/brianmm2.php
    Scene 17

    FOLLOWERS: Oh! Oh! Ohh! Oh! Ah! Oh!

    ARTHUR: He has given us a sign!

    FOLLOWER: Oh!

    SHOE FOLLOWER: He has given us… His shoe!

    ARTHUR: The shoe is the sign. Let us follow His example.

    SPIKE: What?

    ARTHUR: Let us, like Him, hold up one shoe and let the other be upon our foot, for this is His sign, that all who follow Him shall do likewise.
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  • Quite clever, Bonnie. Congrats.
    You know something?—I’m going to China and I am going to see that shoe if it costs me my life. I need to be in the presence of that shoe.
    On a more serious note, I am not so sure that this is bad. Maybe the people who thought this up, and created, and approved of the building of this rather shocking edifice, understand that this particular “church” is all about profit and image, and not about salvation and redemption through God. It may be a sign of progress. No pretense.—Just a universally recognizable symbol of magical thinking, exposed, out in the open–for those who are interested and for those (tourists) who are going to be spending some money.
    I rather like this church. They should all look like that.
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  • I can see making a novelty shape, but why one that is a symbol of fashion and materialism rather than religion?

    Some of the best architecture is done for churches. It has very little tie to practical function. It often has comfy budgets. There is a church on the upper level’s highway in West Vancouver that is just breathtaking. It is surrounded by tall trees, and the building gives you the feeling you are floating in the air of the canopy.
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  • Roedy
    Jan 17, 2016 at 1:10 am

    I can see making a novelty shape, but why one that is a symbol of fashion and materialism rather than religion?

    Are the they different? Historically – palaces, temples, cathedrals, castles!

    Some of the best architecture is done for churches. It has very little tie to practical function.

    .. and to banks and corporation head offices!
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  • What is that supposed to symbolise? That the god of this Christian denomination wants to crush us under its heel? That it wants us to stay subjugated under its foot? That it wants us to kiss its feet? That it has a foot fetish?!
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  • Perfect symbol of religion: Cinderella’s slipper. The Prince of Peace wants us all to fit our little minds into his capacious asshole and sweep us away from reason, and He will assure us of our future happiness (a promise rooted in magical thinking) as we nestle together. But we mustn’t get too comfortable or tranquil; the Prince might ask us to kill someone.
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